Rehana is a 33-year-old married woman. She has been in the work of tailoring for a period of about three years. She stitches stylish clothes for the people of her community and uses the income to support her entire family. Her husband works in a factory of leather products and earns an income too low to support the needs of the family members alone.
By now, Rehana has attained a list of regular customers. However, due to lack of funds, she is unable to meet the daily demands of her customers. For this reason she requested a loan of PKR 30,000 from Kashf Foundation. She intends to use this loan amount to buy more spools of threads in different colors and packs of laces, zippers and buttons to create a means of increasing revenues so she may able to generate a healthier source of income.
She is in her second loan cycle and is thankful to Kashf for its tremendous support.
About Kashf Foundation
Kashf Foundation is one of the leading microfinance providers in Pakistan, focused on expanding financial access for poor women across the country. The organization’s economic empowerment program has grown from 913 clients in 1999 to 284,653 clients as of May 2012, with a current outstanding portfolio of US$32 million.
Kashf has trained over 227,000 clients in basic financial literacy and systemized financial education since 2010, in addition to providing training in gender justice and empowerment to over 12,500 participants since 2011. This group includes clients, their husbands and adolescent boys in their communities.
Over the past 16 years, Kashf has disbursed an estimated 2 million loans. Today, it operates in 16 districts in Punjab province and 1 district in Sindh province through a network of 157 branches. It plans to open 19 new branches to cover all four of Pakistan’s provinces.